The Andhra Pradesh State Government has reopened schools and colleges on November 2. The Government has released the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to reopen schools and colleges across the state. All the educational institutions need to follow the prescribed SOPs regarding seating arrangement and social distancing. As per the reports, only 16 students per classroom to keep Coronavirus (COVID-19) at bay. Check the latest news about schools and colleges reopen in AP.
829 Teachers Tested COVID Positive
November 6: A total of 829 government teachers and 575 students have been COVID positive in Andhra Pradesh after the reopening of schools. As per the reports, the percentage of teachers tested positive is 1.17 of teachers attended (70,790).
262 Students Test Positive For COVID-19 After Schools Reopen
November 5: A total of 262 students along with 160 teachers tested COVID positive in Andhra Pradesh during the past three days after reopening of schools on November 2 for Classes 9 and 10.
As per the sources, Commissioner of School Education V Chinna Veerabhadrudu said that the number is not alarming when compared with the attendance. Around 4 lakh students have appeared for the schools. He also revealed that the government is taking all the safety protocols to contain COVID-19.
App To Monitor Educational Institutions
Education Minister of Andhra Pradesh Adimulapu Suresh has announced that a mobile app has been created to ensure that all COVID guidelines are followed. A task force has been created with the District Collectors and other officials to monitor the situation and directed to conduct the random tests for the students on a regular basis.
Academic Year Extended
The exam authority has also announced that the academic year 2020-21 has been extended until April 2021. The AP government has taken this decision to ensure that students and teachers will get sufficient time to complete the prescribed syllabus.
Schools Reopen In AP: Parents Reaction
There was a mixed reaction from parents after the decision of AP government to reopen the schools from November 2. Parents are not satisfied with the decision due to the number of COVID-19 cases. When students meet their classmates in schools or colleges, containing the spread of COVID will be difficult. Parents also worry about the commuting of kids because buses and vans would not be operated. However, some of the parents are willing to send their kids to school to avail government schemes such as Jagananna Vidya Deevana, which is linked to attendance.
Earlier, Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended the Unlock 5.0 guidelines for phased re-opening of schools and colleges. The re-opening of schools and colleges extended till November 30, 2020. However, it clearly stated attendance must not be enforced in schools.